How to Calculate Your Amperage Loads

Controller Model Max Amperage Rating
Custom Programmable Controllers
12 Stock Models
Stock configurations 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 Amp.
Including 220v and international configurations. Custom controllers can be designed to handle unlimited Amp loads.
3 Track Chaser - Model 3TU-10 10 Amps max per receptacle/track
4 Track Chaser - Model 4TU-18 18 Amps max per receptacle/track
6 Track Chaser - Model 6TU-18 18 Amps max per receptacle/track
10 Track Chaser - Model 10TU-18 18 Amps max per receptacle/track
8 Track Smart Chaser
Model 8TSC-18
18 Amps max on at one time. Please see the examples below for a complete explanation.
Fader Lighting Controllers
5 Stock Models
Stock configurations 15, 20, 40, 60 and 100 Amp.
Fader controllers can be designed to handle unlimited Amp loads, 220v and international configurations.


Count or Estimate the Number of Bulbs
Count or estimate the number of bulbs that each track/receptacle will be required to turn on. For rope light, count or estimate the number of feet. Rope light is generally 7 watts per foot.

Insert your numbers into this formula.
Total Number of Bulbs X Bulb Wattage ÷ 110 = Amps Needed

For Rope Light
Total Number of Feet X 7 Watts ÷ 110 = Amps Needed

Example 1:
Let's say the most bulbs that will be plugged into a single track/receptacle is 250 bulbs.
Each bulb is 7 watts.
Your formula would look like this.
250 Bulbs X 7 watts 110 = 16 Amps

This example would be fine for a 4 Track Chaser, 6 Track Chaser or a 10 Track Chaser, because the load will be less than their max amp rating of 18 amps per track/receptacle. This example would not work for our 3 Track Chaser because it's max load is 10 amps. The animated diagram below that illustrates how a 4 Track Chaser distributes a load.

4 Track Chaser
Load Distribution Example
4 Track Chaser

Example 2:
Let's say you want to use a 3 Track Chaser but your load is 16 amps and over it's max rating of 10 amps. We would recommend a 18 Amp 4 Track Chaser set in 3 Track Chase mode. This is what makes our controllers universal. Our larger chaser controllers can always drop down and perform the same sequences as a smaller controller.


Example 3:
Let's say you have figured that your display will use well over 18 amps. This is easily remedied with a custom programmable controller. Custom Programmables can accommodate any amperage rating.


Note: Important information if you are considering a Smart Chaser Controller

Smart Chaser Controllers
A Smart Chaser has over 100 different chase patterns available. Some of these patterns will turn on more than one track at a time. A Smart Chaser's max Amp rating is 18 Amps on at one time. Therefore it is important to count the number of bulbs that will be on at any one time and add them to the formula. The example below illustrates a setting that will turn on more than one track at a time.

8 Smart Track Chaser
Set in 5 Track Build Up Pattern
4 Track Chaser

The formula for this example display.

Track 1 will turn on 18 bulbs
Track 2 will turn on 18 bulbs
Track 3 will turn on 18 bulbs
Track 4 will turn on 18 bulbs
Track 5 will turn on 18 bulbs
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Total 90 bulbs on at one time.
Each bulb is 7 watts
90 Bulbs X 7 watts 110 = 5.73 Amps

This result will be fine because it is less than the 18 Amps max on at one time for a 8 Track Smart Chaser. If your load exceeds the max amp rating then you will need to use a custom programmable controller.



Rope Light
7 Watts Per Foot


Rope Light
Footage X 7 Watts per Foot 110 Volts = Amps Needed
or
Amps Available X 110 Volts 7 Watts per Foot = Footage
15.71 Feet = 1 Amp
25 Feet = 1.59 Amps
100 Feet = 6.36 Amps
10 Amp Chaser Controller (Model 3TU-10)
Can turn on up to 157 feet per receptacle
18 Amp Chaser Controller
Can turn on up to 282 feet per receptacle

C7 Bulbs
7 Watts

C7 Christmas Lights Bulb
Number of Bulbs X Bulb Wattage 110 Volts = Amps Needed
or
Amps Available X 110 Volts Bulb Wattage = Number of Bulbs
15.71 C7 Bulbs = 1 Amp
25 C7 Bulbs = 1.59 Amps
100 C7 Bulbs = 6.36 Amps
10 Amp Chaser Controller (Model 3TU-10)
Can turn on up to 157 C7 Bulbs per receptacle
18 Amp Chaser Controller
Can turn on up to 282 C7 Bulbs per receptacle

C9 Bulbs
9 Watts

C9 Christmas Lights Bulb
Number of Bulbs X Bulb Wattage 110 Volts = Amps Needed
or
Amps Available X 110 Volts Bulb Wattage = Number of Bulbs
12.2 C9 Bulbs = 1 Amp
25 C9 Bulbs = 2.04 Amps
100 C9 Bulbs = 8.18 Amps
10 Amp Chaser Controller (Model 3TU-10)
Can turn on up to 122 C9 Bulbs per receptacle
18 Amp Chaser Controller
Can turn on up to 220 C9 Bulbs per receptacle

Mini Lights
Mini Christmas Lights
300 minis = 1 Amp
  10 Amp Chaser Control Box ( Model 3 TU-10 )
can turn on up to 3000 Mini bulbs per receptacle
18 Amp Chaser Control Box
can turn on up to 5400 mini bulbs per receptacle